Honey V | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by kbutler1 on 02-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to BRoss242 for sharing this one! Served from growler into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, honey, wood, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, honey, wood, earth, and sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. Town Hall did a good job incorporating the honey into this brew. However, that was about as complex as it got unfortunately. This could have truly been a great beer if a little more was going on in it. Definitely still had the right things going on in the right places, but just a little bit more wouild have put it into a different league. Worth trying if you get the chance or just want to add one to the ticking board.

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Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Jeff for sharing this one with us!
Review from written notes.

Into a small tulip it pours a clear saturated orange tone, with a ring of white foam and wispy skim across the surface. Lack of foam is understandable after the barrel-aging in honey wine barrels.

Fruity nose with elements of honey, vanilla, oak, and toasted coconut.
Possibly the finest smelling Tripel i've come across.

Complex flavors of honey-drizzled apple and dried pineapple, coconut, vanilla, and some oaky barrel character. Drying in the aftertaste with lingering notes of woody oak, vanilla, and toasted coconut. The barrel character is unique and lends a distinct touch of oak and honey to the brew. Smooth and medium bodied, with some perceptible traces of the abv. Overall dry and pleasant to sip. Had seconds of this one.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big CHICAGO THUMBS UP to Sean for providing this.

A - This beer is brown with some red. White head that left some spots behind. Very dark for a tripel.

S - I've had pretty much all of the beers from Town Hall BA week now, and they are all very heavy on barrel. Lots of oak with some wine. The fruit smells of the typical tripel are there.

T - Wine and oak, with grapes, honey, pears and appels. There is just a bit too much barrel in this one. It's very sweet, the honey is an interesting touch in a beer that is quite tannic.

M - Medium bodied, carbonated, dry finish.

O - Not bad, but the combination of sweetness and oak made this one a bit much to get through.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to MFrie0612 for bringing this growler down on his last visit to Milwaukee. Split into tulips.

A: Cloudy cider brown. Tiny wisp of off white head. Small lace ring remains.

S: Rich and sweet. Lots of dark fruits drizzled with honey. Toasted nuts, cinnamon, clove, oak barrel and a good amount of booze. Smells like a tripel.

T: Rather mild compared to the nose. Dates, figs, raisins, oak, brown sugar and a touch honey sweetness. Fairly dry.

M: Medium body with very mild carbonation.

O: Overall not bad. I'm not a huge tripel fan so I don't drink them often. Which doesn't give me much to compare to but this seemed right in line with what I know.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared at a small gathering with friends.

A - Pours reddish/brown, small foamy head, thin ring around the glass and a thin film on top.

S - Oak, lots of fruit, pears, plums, honey. Very sweet and more like a mead then a beer.

T - Lots of sweetness, smooth bourbon, fruits, oak.

M - Medium, light carbonation, creamy fruity finish.

D - Didn't enjoy this one as much as I thought I would, however, it wasn't terrible by any means. Would give it another try, if offered.

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Photo of mothman
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently I liked this more than others...

On tap at TH for -bal aged week.

Served in a chalice with 1 finger of beige head. Good retention and some nice lace rings. Color is a murky brown hued orange.

Aroma: Big wine and grape flavors. Honey and oak show as well. A lot of spices that normally come with a tripel. Apples, pears, and other fruits show. Pretty outstanding aroma.

Taste: Big wine flavors again. The barrels really add a nice layer here. Grapes, oak, caramel, vanilla, and spice all show. Pears and red apples. Fruity and spiced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, dry, and spiced. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends pretty clean.

Overall, a really nice tripel - one of the top that I have had. I thought this was one of the better beers of the week, but I guess it wasn't received very well. I was really impressed with this one.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Tulip glass a murky light brown, not the most appealing color, with a light tan coastered head. Sweet aroma of honey, spice, booze, and an earthy/woody scent. Light/medium mouthfeel. Sweet spiced apple flavor with a light malty backbone. Cinnamon and nutmeg as well. Surprised how much I like this one as I didn't really have high hopes for it as I am not a huge Belgian fan. Nice lace left on the glass. Minus the appearance this is really tasty but could get a little sweet.

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Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ten ounce sample the night after this baby was released into the wild at Town Hall. The character of this place is better than anywhere else in the Twin Cities; hands down. Great brewpub, & I wish there were more like it.

Pours like a light, bubbly version of that upside-down bear we've all been squeezing since we were kids, with dollops of buckwheat thrown in. Smell is pure honey, leavened with a further shot of sugary sweetness & just a whiff of maltiness.

Honey V is designed for those with a sweet tooth; this is a cavity-causer. The sweet Belgian yeasts of the tripel entwine the honey taste & create a bonfire of warm, succulent sweetness. Other vague spiciness is present, with bare leavings of oak, more candied sugar, & malts. I could drink this until my filling started to ache, which shouldn't take too long.

Very good beer, & surprisingly to me, I enjoyed it more than the barrel-aged Wee Heavy. Just a very light, unique, enjoyable brew.

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Photo of boomer31
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes taken from release

A - Pours coudy gold with a thin white lace on edges, no stick on glass

S - nose is fantastic! Big sweet honey and fruit with notes of oak. Apples and spice come to mind.

T - Sweet honey barrel comes out then belgian yeast, apple wine and oak follow. The wood only comes thru a bit but does not dry this out. Sweet

M - Thin, sticky sweet low carb. I enjoy the low carb on this tripel vs other tripels I've had

D - Although very sweet its not overwhelming. Very complex flavors that only get more complex as it warms

I wish I would have bought a growler of this...too bad, maybe there will be some left over. Overall a great beer, one of my favorites from the week

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Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sean for sharing this last night. Served in a wine glass.

A - A finger of off-white foam settles to a thin collar, leaving spotty lace. Hazed red-brown body. Doesn't look like any tripel I've ever seen.

S - Intense oak and light vinous character. Some pear, apple, peach and other stone fruit malt character. Oak largely obliterates everything though.

T - Oak, butterscotch, honey, stone fruits, and apples. Somewhat astringent with copious barrel tannins. More balance in the flavor than in the nose. Vaguely hot toddy-like.

M - Medium bodied, with zesty style-appropriate carbonation. Dry, oaky finish, and well-hidden alcohol (presumably).

D - I liked it more than Harvester Jim I suppose. This probably could have been aged in the barrel for half the time with significantly better results. I'm not even sure we managed to finish this growler, even with eight of us.

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Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of pdoran10
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Presented in a 10oz goblet. Half and inch of head with not much lacing. Light brown in color, slightly hazy.

Smell is slight spice and slight oak not much in the nose.

Taste is pretty overwhelming oak. Big oak treatment on a lightish Belgian style. Tripel qualities of spice and light fruit really don't come through much. Decent enough sweet honey and candy flavor, but certainly an oak bomb. Slight sugary malt and big oak are the flavors here.

Mouthfeel is pretty substantial with moderate to low carbonation. Solid here.

Not all that drinkable. I just can't get past the oak overpowering the other flavors.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All the hubbub at Town Hall last week was over Czar Jack, a mighty fine barrel-aged imperial stout, and the culmination of Barrel Aged Week. But, I, alas had none. No worries, for I've had enough and will have more in the future. As mentioned earlier, I took one growler home that week, and it was this:

Honey V, Town Hall Brewery, Triple Vision Belgian Abbey Tripel-style ale, aged in honey wine barrels.

Cloudy, dusky deep amber-y colored, very minor head, gone if it was ever there.

Sweetness and oak, honey and spice, enormous aromatics. Not any ordinary triple aroma, this is honey taking over, emboldened by the booze.

Taste: huh. weird. interesting. unusual. hard to nail. gonna try anyway. oak. grit, woody texture on the tongue. So strange, this bears little resemblance to what I had at the pub last Tuesday. It's just been sitting in my fridge for a week. Could it have changed that much, or do I not remember correctly?

A bit of citrus and spice, a kiss of hops, but the oak and the honey are firmly in charge. Mmmm, this is very nice, if incredibly unusual. Incredibly complex and deep, and sweet, and oaky, and yum.

I like this. I feel it is good.

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Honey V from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 13 ratings